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In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

June is also 30 Days Wild and I’m participating again this year.

On this sunny spring day I took my camera out into our front yard to see what types of pollinators are visiting the flower meadow. Despite not being a native wildflower meadow – yet – there are still a lot of pollinators that visit. I was surprised to see how many visited in a short time when I sat down to simply watch. I don’t know what they all are, there are so many bees and wasps to learn about and no handy guide to learn them. One was a metallic blue wasp, just beautiful, but it didn’t stay long. There were tiny little bees, a few hover flies and some bees with rather furry legs. There were of course, many bumble bees and honey bees as well.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, Popular Science, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction. Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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